Get Career Ready
Students sharing their strengths during Professional Development Academy Students sharing their strengths during Professional Development Academy
Professional Development Academy participants share their Strengths with each other and what they can bring to a group.

We know how important it is to explore your options, prepare for your future career, and connect with professionals in your field of interest. Throughout each of these phases of your career development, you should also be building the skills you need to become career ready.

Career readiness is not just about finding and getting the right job--it’s about being ready once you’re there. The core competencies of career readiness broadly prepare UM students for a successful transition into life after the U. Through these competencies, based on the most common attributes employers seek in potential employees, we aim to help you raise and reach the professional standards in your given field.

Here at Toppel, we’ll never stop teaching the importance of identifying and communicating how your skills, experiences, and strengths are relevant to your career path. Once you are on the job, however--whether it’s your first internship, your first job after graduation, or your last job before retirement--there are many skills ‘Canes need to succeed. 

Check out the following programs and resources to help you develop these critical competencies and get career ready!

  • UShadow Program: UShadow is usually a one day experience to shadow UM Alumni or other professionals in your chosen industry.
  • Toppel Internship Program: TIP is a FREE way to gain academic credit for your internship experience.
  • Career Assessments: Career Assessments can help you learn more about your interests or strengths and can assist in determining your intended career path.
  • Professional Development Academy: The Professional Development Academy is an intensive program to help you develop skills to help you succeed.